Mr. Elmer E. "Pat" Campbell, 91, a resident of Route 4, Philippi, joined his savior at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Mansfield Place in Philippi.
He was born Dec. 22, 1920, at Boulder, Barbour County, a son of the late Olin and Dovie Mae Suder Campbell.
Elmer is survived by his wife, Myrtle L. Reed Booth, whom he married on Sept. 29, 1950.
Also surviving two brothers, Harry A. "Pinky" Campbell of Belington and Olin R. Campbell and wife, Marge, of Philippi; sister-in-law, Dorothy "Dot" Campbell of Philippi; one son, Gary L. Booth of Naples, Fla.; one daughter, Marsha A. Kimble and husband, Rod, of Philippi, three grandchildren, Melissa J, Wright of Charleston, Adam Green of Charleston and Sara Deffet and husband, Todd, of Philippi; three great-grandsons, Brady Richardson, Lucas Wright and Chase Richardson; special family friends, Thomas Costello of Naples, Fla., Harden Scragg and Robin Tucker of Charleston; and numerous nieces and nephews
Elmer was preceded in death by one son, Thomas E. Campbell, three brothers, Wilmer "Hoot" Campbell, Dorsey B. Campbell and Stanley Campbell; and a sister, Justina Ophel Campbell.
Elmer was a graduate of Philippi High School. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942, and served with the 364th fighter group in San Diego, Calif., and Honington, England, as a crew chief supporting P-38 and later P-51 fighter aircraft during the air assault over Europe in World War II. He was a heavy equipment operator for more than 25 years and operated a family farm after retirement for more than 20 years. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers and the United Mine Workers. Elmer was also very involved as a member of the Jerusalem United Methodist Church. Elmer enjoyed farming, gardening, deer hunting, time spent with family and friends and always looked for a way to help others.
Friends will be received at Wright Funeral Home, 216 N. Walnut St. in Philippi on Saturday, April 28, from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the service hour with the Rev. Tim Bleigh officiating. Interment will follow in Jerusalem Cemetery with military honours being accorded.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to Jerusalem United Methodist Church, 200 Pike St. Philippi, WV 26146. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wrightfuneralhomeservices.com.